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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Bid two jobs, got D some craft stuff, had dinner with D and her mom. Chilling out in the heat. First real day of minimal work in over two weeks I think. Stopped by the rec pot shop, got a little of this and that. About to watch some Netflix. So I used to work with Juvenile Delinquients, 'Hoods in the Woods' a la Outward Bound, but for thugs instead of middle class white kids. I've been watching the prison documentaries on Netflix. They have "Store", the commissary. I was thinking of getting a coffee pot, microwave and mini-fridge for the shop. No loss in caffeinating your employees. I was thinking of having an Employee "Store". Stock it with non-perishables, and maybe something longlasting in the fridge or freezer, like breakfast and other burritos. If they want to get some food at work, rather than at a gas station/ fast food on the way (my regular employee come eating McD every morning with two cups of McCoffee), just put in the right number of dollars or an IOU. Make it easy on them. Make it easy on me that the guys aren't running out of energy because I don't stop at the store predictably during the day, or they forgot their lunch, or didn't have cash on hand. Maybe get a coffee maker that pours into a coffee-tight thermal carafe/ pot instead of glass. Take it on the road.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    The biting off is much less traumatic that the rubber ring, evidently. Somehow I was watching something on the internet. I think it was Dirty Jobs/ Mike Rowe TED talk (posted on TH, IIRC).
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread Grapple for mini in Gear Forum
    Page, have you seen the sub 36" giant articulated tele-handlers? Bolt on duals. I would like to have one instead of the mini. its a jump up in price, but a lot more performance IF it fits your market.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread Grapple for mini in Gear Forum
    What machine are you using? That is part of the problem, possibly. Smaller rental machines have lower lift heights.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread Grapple for mini in Gear Forum
    The BMG KILLS IT! Its like a micro combination of a dangle grapple skidder (free floating swivel) and logging shovel. I've seen Vermeers in action in Augusts videos. It has a few tricks up its sleeve. Hands down, BMG. I tell people to buy the BMG, and rent a mini with aux hydraulics until they can afford a mini. That was the route I was heated, but bought a machine at the same time. You can get BMG Scoops that attach to the grapple. Something that helps a lot for stump grinding material, and loose debris piles, as I've seen in videos. You loose lift height with a power rotator and need 2 aux hydrualics, instead of one.
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    The tongue weight seems like a killer when unloaded. My F450 (15k gvwr, iirc) would handle it, but being a 12k trailer, I think, it will put me into CDL territory. Don't know If I could get my Boxer in the box. The owner had a smaller Ramrod or Thomas with forks/ bucket.
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    Actually, I think that there is new generation of people. Some veteran tree workers, some newer folks, as before.
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    Good show, Chris.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Dayum. Are you tilting that cage thingy and calf's weight by hand? Spring loaded?
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    Thanks, Merle!
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Or a sasquatch suit...make a game out of it. JK. Ok, enough loafing, going to go do something. I did all my storm invoicing at least, maybe collecting a chipper down payment from the 40" fir on the house. Thanks Jobber!
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    Thanks for the input, Mick.
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    I will sometimes ask if I need to plan my schedule around theirs for a specific day. Its cheaper when we have a flexible schedule, costs more when we don't. I can schedule to make it happen. This is while sussing out the scope of work. Never have I been asked what the price is both ways. I don't like when people negotiate the deal, then say that they want to schedule a specific day, even through we discussed my availability previously, without them specifying theirs. I get it that people distrust stranger contractors, specifically tree contractors. I try to work on reputation and referral more than finding new customers from the general pool. I'm used to people trusting us, and them being gone or coming and going. As both salesman and foreman, my ability to remember or document the details makes things go smoothly without customer input.
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    Kinda thing where you want to go for several appliances for the same power supply. How does the blower work?
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    How far away?
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    I'm looking at that, too. Which did you get? I'd like a battery saw for my backyard, or help a friend on a Sunday, and general work. The dogs are cheap. Money well spent, especially when one-handing.
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    I'll take slower cutting speed for less weight in a top-handle, unless its a speed-related cut (dropping larger limbs). My wrists and elbows feel a lot better, 1-handing. A sharp 193t with metal dogs goes a long way. I don't work in much hard hardwoods. I didn't get out my 200t for a madrona, our hardest wood.
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    Sorry, I didn't follow what you were saying. FWIW, the other day at the bid someone asked when I could get to it. I said right now, within two weeks. She said "so it about two weeks from when signed?" I said "no, its within two weeks, as of right now. A big storm just hit. Lots of people are looking to have work done ASAP. Tonight or tomorrow, I could be a month out or more. I have a lot of bids out for consideration by property owners." I'm not holding a spot for potential new customers. I usually tell people that have small jobs, that I can often squeeze a small job in with another small job, or to finish out a partial day from a large job, sooner than I can schedule it, concretely. Otherwise, I tell them about "x" weeks, and I'll keep in touch. Some people specifically ask for a day. I work with that. Having a flexible schedule allow me to work with my parenting needs, and lets me sneak in regular customers for their little projects, like 3-4 hours of spring pruning down on the water. "Sure, Lynne, I can sneak you in this week". I leave her an hourly bill, never a problem. Larger operations need more structure, I'm sure. Retirees are often more flexible.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Mulch, chips good. Soil amendment, chips take up available nitrogen. So I've heard, IIRC at ISA.
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    :thumbup:
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    That's a great set-up. I only occasionally pay to dispose of large amounts of material. The 24 hour dump spot is far away, taking everything. The municipal greenwaste is inconvenient and distant, no stumps/ logs. This storm has only been about $300 for stump grinding debris, root debris, dirty rakings that don't get chipped. Typically, for the last year of living in town, I tip my jobsite cans/ tarps into 2 large, municipal, rolling greenwaste cans at my house, or just roll the cans into a trailer to load directly at the job. Seems to keep up with the the biweekly pick-up pretty well. So much is market dependent, and even physical location within the market dependent.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread August Hunicke Videos in MBTV
    Pool conflict, I'll bet. A drone will be very valuable for finding storm work trees on houses. Way better than driving around looking for the 'seed job'. This last storm was in an area where I have very, very little customer base, and was a very localized microburst.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    My market is definitely very different that a lot of other peoples, and yet the same. Oh, yeah, Nutrient Cycling versus Nutrient Stripping is a good phrase. Mick, do you use a green waste recycler or what do you do with chips? I saw Chipdrop www.chipdrop.in is on TreeStuff's web page. Its great for me. Started 100 miles from here, IIRC, in Portland, OR.
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    SeanKroll replied to a thread How'd it go today? in Odds and Ends
    Why did you choose not to have a chipper? I know you have steep and snowy roads at times, and want to do more PHC.
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    I start talking about the virtue of chip mulch at first contact, more or less. "So you have some trees to prune/ remove. No problem. We can do as much or little of the overall project as you like. There is the aerial work, the material processing, the clean-up, and material hauling. We can make it spotless, or make a great big mess for you,... and all points along the way. Some people hire us to make it all disappear, chips, logs, stumps. Others hire us to leave firewood. We can custom mill slabs or boards (subcontractor). ***A lot of people understand the value of mulch, and rather than pay to have a good material disposed of, they want the mulch left onsite. With our equipment can get our chipper and trailer mounted chip box to the branches, in the ____, leaving piles near the tree or move the mulch right were you'll use it. We can fill our dump truck and dump it where you need it, if accessible/ safe" I have a trailer that's been for hauling the mini that hold 5 yards of chips. I can move the chipper and trailer with the mini. I can tip the short trailer up reasonably steeply, making it easy to unload, quickly, downhill. Chip/ Tarp lasagna. A pile here, a pile there, etc. Whatever they want to pay me to do.
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    I book for a specific day maybe 50% of the time at most. I'm the salesman and arborist. I usually remember everything better than they do, and I spec it on the contract. Utility drops, specific view pruning, etc needs the customers there. The rest of the time, I'd rather them be gone most of the day. When asked how long a job will take. I say I don't know. It will take as long as it takes to do it properly and safely, probably... Making an expectation of how long a job will take can lead to rushing and short-cuts. I don't take short-cuts. I tell the customer's this. If we are trying to do what turns out to be 9 hours of safe work in 8 hours, how can this be accomplished? Should I rush someone's job so that I can be 'on-time' to the next? Am I doing the job as I intended/ promised?
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